Updated: 9 a.m.
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The Bengals apparently examined Bengals current first-rounder Dre Kirkpatrick two weeks ago and have deemed his leg injury not serious enough to make an announcement until the club does its physicals Thursday. Indications are he'll be out a month at most and they don't expect any long-term impact.
Kirkpatrick confirmed he had some type of injury via Twitter as Tuesday night became Wednesday morning in the wake of a CBS Sports report he hurt his leg and is going to miss most or all of training camp.
When reached by phone, Kirkpatrick said he wasn't going to talk about it until he got to training camp, where players undergo physicals Thursday in preparation for Friday's first workout at 3 p.m. on the Paul Brown Stadium practice fields.
Kirkpatrick's tweet indicated he won't miss the entire season:
The CBS report said Kirkpatrick is "telling associates" that he suffered a leg injury and cited a league source that said there could be a small broken bone.
Beyond Kirkpatrick confirming the injury on Twitter, the only thing clear Wednesday morning is the Bengals corner depth continues to get tested. It's believed that even though they missed all or most of the spring camps,
That leaves two other former first-round corners healthy and ready to go and those are the two the Bengals added during free agency in
With Kirkpatrick to miss about a month, the Bengals are going to have to make him inactive for the first few games while carrying him on the 53-man roster. That would raise the distinct possibility of needing to keep seven cornerbacks and 11 DBs while carrying one fewer defensive lineman. All eyes would then be on
Head coach Marvin Lewis doesn't usually release information on injuries until after the physicals, if then, but there is expected to be some kind of an announcement on Kirkpatrick Thursday.